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Adelson says high-rollers ‘lying low’ to stay off radar

Las Vegas Sands Corp Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson said Wednesday that high-rollers were going to keep lying low to stay off the central government’s radar until the mainland’s current corruption crackdown, which he likened to a “witch hunt”, eases off. Adelson made the comments during a talk with students at the Institute for Tourism … Continue reading "Adelson says high-rollers ‘lying low’ to stay off radar"

5 Feb, 2015

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Ricacorp expects up to 10 pct rise in residential prices

Hong Kong-based property agency Ricacorp (Macau) Properties Limited Wednesday forecasted that the average price of residential property in Macau will rise eight to 10 percent this year. Jane Liu Zee Ka, managing director of the local branch, made the forecast during a press conference at the company in Nam Van district. Representatives of the company … Continue reading "Ricacorp expects up to 10 pct rise in residential prices"

5 Feb, 2015

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Police pledge more officers to tackle casino crimes

Judiciary Police (PJ) Director Chau Wai Kuong said Tuesday that once more casinos start operating in Cotai more PJ officers will be deployed to the PJ branch there, adding that a space in the branch has already been set aside to set up an office for the officers investigating gaming-related crimes. Chau also said that … Continue reading "Police pledge more officers to tackle casino crimes"

4 Feb, 2015

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Lawmaker urges UM to come clean on sexual harassment

Indirectly-elected lawmaker Chan Hong, who heads the Macau Chinese Educators’ Association, urged the public University of Macau (UM) Monday to speed up its investigation into several alleged cases of sexual harassment involving staff members and then release the findings. She also said new legislation on indecent assault and sexual harassment should be in place to … Continue reading "Lawmaker urges UM to come clean on sexual harassment"

3 Feb, 2015

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Over 240,000 vehicles clog city’s streets

Macau’s number of licensed motor vehicles reached 240,107 at the end of last year, up 5.3 percent from a year earlier, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Monday. Scooters and motorcycles accounted for 52 percent of the total number of motor vehicles. The number of new registrations of motor vehicles rose 6.4 percent year-on-year … Continue reading "Over 240,000 vehicles clog city’s streets"

3 Feb, 2015

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Airport handles 5.5 million passengers in 2014

Macau’s airport handled 5.48 million passengers last year, up nine percent from 2013. The figure was released on the sidelines of a Spring Festival dinner hosted by Macau International Airport Company (CAM) on Friday. The number of aircraft movements (takeoffs and touchdowns) rose 7.4 percent to 52,000. The figure included 2,791 business jet movements, up … Continue reading "Airport handles 5.5 million passengers in 2014"

2 Feb, 2015

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Gold jewellery imports top 10 billion patacas in 2014

Macau’s gold jewellery imports rose six percent year-on-year to 10.2 billion patacas last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Friday. Gold jewellery, the city’s second import item after food and beverages combined, accounted for 11.4 percent of the total value of imports last year. Watch imports rose 22.2 percent to 7.9 billion … Continue reading "Gold jewellery imports top 10 billion patacas in 2014"

2 Feb, 2015

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Hotel guests rise only 0.4 pct last year

Macau’s number of hotel guests rose a mere 0.4 percent to 10.7 million last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Friday. Hotel’s average occupancy rate stood at 86.5 percent, up 3.4 percentage points. At the end of last year, the city’s 98 hotels and guesthouses provided a total of 28,000 guestrooms, up … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise only 0.4 pct last year"

2 Feb, 2015

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Macau introduces new app showing waiting times for health centres

The Health Bureau (SSM) announced Friday that it has implemented new measures to reduce waiting times in public health centres, private hospitals and private clinics subsidised by the government, in which it introduced a new mobile app so that users can check the latest updates on their queues so that patients can more easily decide … Continue reading "Macau introduces new app showing waiting times for health centres"

30 Jan, 2015

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Lawmakers strive to pass animal protection bill in August

The legislature’s 1st Standing Committee President Kwan Tsui Hang said Wednesday that she and her fellow committee members were working hard to scrutinise the government’s animal protection bill, adding that they would do their best to finalise their discussions about the bill so that it can be submitted to a plenary session for an article-by-article … Continue reading "Lawmakers strive to pass animal protection bill in August"

29 Jan, 2015

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Macau ranks 9th in Asia-Pacific in “economic freedom”

Macau ranks ninth in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of economic freedom, down two places from last year, according to the 2015 report from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative US think tank based in Washington DC. Among 42 regional economies, Macau thus ranks only behind Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea … Continue reading "Macau ranks 9th in Asia-Pacific in “economic freedom”"

29 Jan, 2015

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Imported workers account for 42 pct of Macau’s labour force

Non-resident workers accounted for 42 percent of Macau’s total workforce at the end of last year, according to official figures released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) and Human Resources Office (GRH) this week. The number of imported workers reached 170,346 at the end of last month, up 23.6 percent year-on-year. The city’s total … Continue reading "Imported workers account for 42 pct of Macau’s labour force"

29 Jan, 2015

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Beijing backs Macau’s proposal for 13th 5-Year Plan: Chui Sai On

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Tuesday that the leaders of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM), the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have all agreed to provide assistance and support to Macau regarding the direction of its development in the nation’s 13th Five-Year Plan. … Continue reading "Beijing backs Macau’s proposal for 13th 5-Year Plan: Chui Sai On"

28 Jan, 2015

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Senior official meets Macau’s security chief

China’s security chief Meng Jianzhu called on security forces in the country’s Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) to contribute to national security, the region’s lasting prosperity and stability on Tuesday. Meng, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while meeting with … Continue reading "Senior official meets Macau’s security chief"

28 Jan, 2015

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TCM set to drive Macau’s diversification: Beijing

State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) Commissioner Wang Guoqiang said Monday that as the mainland has created a favourable environment to develop traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as an industry and as Macau is opening up new development opportunities, TCM was set to become an important area to drive Macau’s economic diversification. Wang, who also … Continue reading "TCM set to drive Macau’s diversification: Beijing"

27 Jan, 2015

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Police nab Brazilian woman for human trafficking

The Judiciary Police (PJ) arrested a 28-year-old woman from Brazil, surnamed Costa, on Sunday on suspicion of human trafficking, in which a female compatriot in her twenties was allegedly duped into working as a pole dancer and prostitute instead of as a waitress. A PJ spokesperson said at a press conference that in November last … Continue reading "Police nab Brazilian woman for human trafficking"

27 Jan, 2015

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Chief Executive says lawmakers’ remarks won’t affect govt

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Sunday he respects lawmakers’ freedom of speech, adding he believed his governance will not be affected by their remarks. Chui spoke to reporters at the airport before departing for Beijing with Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac and other government officials when he commented on … Continue reading "Chief Executive says lawmakers’ remarks won’t affect govt"

26 Jan, 2015

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Protesters urge lawmakers to pass animal protection bill ASAP

The Abandoned Animals Protection Association of Macau (AAPAM) held a demonstration starting in Praça do Tap Seac Sunday, urging the legislature’s 1st Standing Committee to go through the articles of the animal protection bill quickly and submit it to a plenary session for an article-by-article vote as soon as possible so that it can come … Continue reading "Protesters urge lawmakers to pass animal protection bill ASAP"

26 Jan, 2015

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Alexis Tam confident that Cotai health complex ready in 2017

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said Thursday that a public tender for the new health complex in Cotai is already underway, reaffirming that he is confident that it will be up and running in 2017. Speaking to reporters Thursday after a meeting between government officials and representatives of Macau’s social … Continue reading "Alexis Tam confident that Cotai health complex ready in 2017"

23 Jan, 2015

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Kitten killed with plastic scaffolding ties

The Macau Society for the Protection of Animals (ANIMA) was told by a resident on Wednesday that a stray kitten had been hung on metal bars with plastic bamboo scaffolding ties. The association said in a statement on its Facebook page Thursday that a small white-and-black kitten was found dead in an abandoned house in … Continue reading "Kitten killed with plastic scaffolding ties"

23 Jan, 2015

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